Hoch, hoch, hoch!

Hi Landsknechts! I have written a novel (110,000 words) about Rolf, a tavern pot boy who runs away with a Fahnlein in 1523 to fight the French on behalf of Charles V. The story is all based on real events, and I have researched it as much as I can without making it boring. It's called "The Ticino Raiders" because of the skirmishes Rolf is involved in down the Ticino valley, and includes a few major battles including the disastrous siege of Marseilles; and the bloodbath of Pavia in 1525. I wrote it to try to get the flavour of what it might really have been like to wield a pike, or swing a zweihander or thrust a katzbalger in these toe to toe conflicts. If you want a copy, send me an email. The first 25 copies I send out by email will be free. After that, it may begin to seem like hard work, so I'll have to think about it......

Happy Skirmishing,

Bob Ferdinand

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Comment by Anton Wikman on May 20, 2014 at 1:08am

Hi Robert, It would be great to read your novel, if you want and have time, I would love a e-copy of your work.

Comment by Nicolas L'Anguille on April 2, 2014 at 1:49am

Bob, I finally had a chance to sit down and read Ticino Raiders cover to cover.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I hope you will write more along this line.

Comment by Wayne M. Canne on January 13, 2014 at 4:46am

First, bravo!  Books are great! 

I read the preview and would love an e-copy, which you can send to wcanne@gmail.com.  Were you publishing only in electronic copies, or did you have some physical books printed as well?

If there are physical copies, I would be interested in purchasing one.  E-books are cool, but I like my library.

Comment by Nicolas L'Anguille on January 13, 2014 at 2:51am


Sorry it's taken a bit to get back on here, my email is mamluk@yahoo.com.  I look forward to reading it.

Comment by Kapten on January 12, 2014 at 9:21pm

Wonderful! I'm myself working on a novel but a completely different setting, but I actually started a landsknecht story some ten years ago. Never finished it, perhaps I will some day. I'd love to read your book.

Comment by Robert Alan Ferdinand on January 10, 2014 at 9:13am

Hi Karl

I don't mind sending a free copy to a few members of Landsknecht.Org - but I have to keep the numbers reasonable while I have a short-term contract with Kindle. A few they would regard as 'marketing support' - a lot could be seen as breach of contract, although it's not selling much at all at present so I doubt that they would get very exercised about it. Maybe I would chance giving-away 25 or so. To the genuine afficionados, ideally. Best wishes, Bob. P.S. Are you really called Karl Marx?

Comment by Karl on January 10, 2014 at 1:23am
Comment by Karl on January 8, 2014 at 8:39pm

I finally finished reading The Ticino Raiders and loved it!    I highly recommend this novel if for no other reasons than the thorough research and because there really are no other Landsknecht novels like this one.   I expect anyone reading about this here on this forum to love it too.   I am not going to spoil it for anyone by describing it here.  ;-) 

There is room for a sequel or two. 

Thank you, Bob. 

Comment by Karl on December 6, 2013 at 7:37pm

Hi Bob,

I received the e-mail.  I only just began reading but it is off to a good start. 

Comment by Robert Alan Ferdinand on December 4, 2013 at 12:01pm

Hi Karl - email on its way. My email is bferdinand1@sky.com

Hi Nicholas - let me have your email address and I'll send it to you. Just one comment - I am still working on it - I'm still finding typos! So if you find any - please let me know.

Regards to both, 



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